The Akron Aeros are the champions of the Eastern League for the 2012 season. On Saturday night, the Aeros completed a storybook season, and an improbable playoff resurrection, as they defeated the Trenton Thunder, 6-1, to win the EL Championship Series, three games to one. It is the fourth Eastern League pennant for the franchise since it relocated to the Akron/Canton area in 1989.
With a nice comfortable 2-0 lead in the Eastern League Championship Series, the Akron Aeros headed to Trenton for Game 3 Friday. After brilliant starts from Paolo Espino and Danny Salazar games 1 and 2, were Carlos Carrasco and T.J. House able to keep Akron on a roll? Find out as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
Trenton's Zoilo Almonte went 2-5 with five RBIs, including his second three-run homer of the series, as the Thunder out-slugged the Akron Aeros, 11-7, in game three of the EL Championship Series on Friday night at Waterfront Park.
Tony is back with another edition of "The Radar Report" that has lots of gun readings on several Indians' prospects in the system. This is a premium site feature which posts about once a month and provides the fastball and secondary velocities of players in the Indians' organization that he sees. This week's report includes information on several arms from short season Single-A Mahoning Valley all the way up to Double-A Akron like Jake Sisco, Danny Salazar, Fabio Martinez and more.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the positive strides that Alex Lavisky has made this season and how he has legitimized himself as a catching prospect. In addition to that he discusses and breaks down how right-handed pitcher Cole Cook is back on the prospect radar, how first baseman Jesus Aguilar has solidified his prospect status this season, and provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins on the Lake County team.
Akron’s Ryan Rohlinger stroked a two-run home run to cap a five-run third inning Wednesday, as the Akron Aeros defeated the Trenton Thunder, 7-5, in game two of the Eastern League Championship series at Canal Park. With the win, the Aeros (82-59, 5-2) gained a commanding, two games to none lead in the best-of-five series.
The Eastern League Championship Series kicked off Tuesday, and the Aeros were able to take the early advantage thanks to a stellar outing from starting pitcher Paolo Espino. Also, Tyler Holt comes up big with some key hits. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
Akron starter Paolo Espino combined with two relievers for a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, as the Aeros claimed a 3-0 victory over the Trenton Thunder in the first game of the Eastern League Finals at Canal Park. With the win, the Aeros (82-59, 4-2) take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Akron had lost the first two games of the previous series against the Bowie Baysox.
Despite losing the first two games of their best-of-five series against the Bowie Baysox, your Akron Aeros roared back by winning three straight do-or-die games at Canal Park to win their series and move on to the Eastern League Championship Series against the Trenton Thunder. Before moving on, take a look back at how the Aeros advanced with Jim Piascik and Launching Off With The Aeros, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Akron Aeros.
Akron catcher Roberto Perez drove in the go-ahead run with sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to give the Aeros a 2-1 victory over Bowie, tying the playoff series at two games apiece Saturday night at Canal Park. The Aeros (82-59, 2-2) will play in their third must-win game in a row on Sunday in order to advance to the finals.
With Lake County already advancing in the playoffs, the Akron Aeros were the lone Indians affiliate in action Friday night. With the Aeros potentially facing elimination, the team desperately needed someone to step up. Thankfully that's exactly what they got in the form of Danny Salazar. Read all about it in Steve Orbanek Akron Aeros playoff edition of Around the Farm.
The minor league season may be over, but there is no end in sight for Minor Happenings or the minor league coverage here on the IPI. In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the emergence of Low-A Lake County second baseman Jose Ramirez and what kind of prospect he really is, the strong finish from Lake County catcher Jake Lowery, and the good year but unfortunate injury to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley lefty Geoff Davenport. As always, he has lots of quotes on players like Matt Langwell, Carlos Moncrief, Matt Packer and others provided by the front office, and lots more.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!